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Apply for the Chargers Champions Grant Program

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Chargers Champions offering grants to local schools for physical fitness, nutrition and athletic programs.

Students and parents can help bring much-needed funds to their schools by urging principals, teachers and coaches to apply for $250,000 in Chargers Champions grants to support physical fitness, nutrition and athletic programs on campus.

The Chargers Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Chargers Champions School Grant Program.  Applications can be accessed on Chargers.com and must be postmarked by Friday, May 2.

Chargers Champions makes a strong commitment to improving physical fitness in San Diego County schools by providing grants for new facilities and equipment.  Selected high schools are eligible to receive grants of up to $75,000; middle schools up to $40,000; and elementary schools up to $30,000.

Chargers Champions consistently provides more support for schools than any other private company in the county. In 14 years, more than 100 schools have received funding for projects ranging from outdoor fitness trails, weight rooms, running tracks or fitness equipment.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have organizations like the San Diego Chargers step up to support education,” said Dr. Randolph Ward, the San Diego Superintendent of Schools.“By providing these resources, the Chargers are making a real difference in the lives of local children, not only today but in the future.”

Last year, six San Diego County schools received grants to improve physical fitness, athletic or nutrition programs on school campuses.

Clairemont High School, San Diego


New weight room; sand volleyball court

John Muir High School, San Diego


Fencing equipment; archery center

Wangenheim Middle School, Mira Mesa 


Indoor fitness center

Lincoln Elementary School, Escondido


Running Track

Nye Elementary School, Southeast San Diego


Peaceful Playground Program

Palmquist Elementary School, Oceanside


Running Track

“Schools throughout California need our support,” Chargers President Dean Spanos said.  “The main goal of our program is to provide students in San Diego with the necessary means to living a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness.”          

Funds allocated to Chargers Champions are administered through the Chargers Community Foundation, the San Diego Chargers’ charitable foundation. The Foundation was established in 1995 by Dean and Alex Spanos to “help” San Diego build on its strengths by supporting individuals, activities and organizations that work to make the city a better place to live.

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